Market Summary: Livestock Auctions Move High Volume after Holiday
At the 3 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Monroe, Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 1018 cattle and 383 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mixed, feeder steers trended $5.00 to $20.00 higher, and heifers trended $2.00 to $13.00 higher when compared to the previous week. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $73.500 to $86.500. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold at $92.00 to $102.00 with high dressing up to $106.00.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are mostly desirable. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 2,891,000 head compared to 1,505,000 head last Thursday.
Greens: demand moderate. Market is about steady. Various containers bunched/loose Collard and Kale 6.50-7.00, Mustard and Turnip Tops 6.50-7.00, few 8.00.
Sweet potatoes: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 40 lb cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 13.00-15.00, few higher and lower. U.S. No. 1 Petite 10.00-12.00, few higher and lower. U.S. No. 2 7.00-9.00, few lower. No Grade Marks jumbo 6.00-7.00, some 8.00, few higher, occasionally lower.
Eggplant: demand moderate. Market for medium is slightly higher, fair quality about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 8.00-10.35, fair quality 5.00-6.35.
Peppers, bell type: demand fairly good. Market is about steady. Quality is variable. 1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo 14.00-16.35, extra large 12.00-16.35, fair quality 10.00-12.35, few lower, large 10.00.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 7 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $6.25-$7.35 at feed mills and $6.31-6.66 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 8 cents higher and were $16.22 at processors, and $15.17-$16.02 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 4 cents higher and was $5.29-$6.13 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $595.70 per ton for 48% protein.